Capital Improvement Projects
Facilities improvement projects underway during spring break (March 21-25) included replacement of an underground gas line at the district’s maintenance facility; replumbing of the Munson Elementary boiler room; and the dismantling of the existing visitor bleachers structure at Memorial Field.
The previous gas line at the maintenance facility, which was replaced by the Chardon maintenance team last month, had incurred multiple perforations as a result of aging, ultimately causing a drop in gas pressure; and thus, loss of heat to the maintenance building as of early March.
Phase I of an extensive replumbing project at Munson Elementary was also completed during spring break. All copper cold water lines in the school’s boiler room were replaced with PVC lines. Phase II, which will launch this summer, will see the replacement of all cold copper water lines throughout the building and the removal of sinks from classrooms with the exception of the art classroom.
This extensive, school-wide updated plumbing strategy is in response to a series of water tests in recent years that have not met U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards since the installation of a new well at the school.
At Memorial Field, the Chardon maintenance team embarked on preparatory work for the replacement of the visitor bleachers structure, disassembling the existing structure. As announced by the district last year, an inspection completed by an independent company indicated that this 20-year-old temporary structure failed in several key categories with a recommendation for complete replacement due to safety concerns.
In preparation for the concrete pad installation, bid specs were published the week of March 21. The concrete pad is needed as the new bleacher structure cannot be installed on asphalt. To learn more, including deadlines and specification details of the concrete pad project, please visit the Facilities web page of the district website at https://www.chardonschools.org
Following concrete pad installation, the new visitors bleacher structure, which will be approximately 50-percent the size of the existing structure, will provide a 700-seat capacity.
Questions regarding the district’s facilities projects can be directed to the assistant superintendent of business affairs, Mr. Steven Kofol, at steven.kofol@chardonschools.
Buckeye State Summer Program Finalists
Congratulations to Chardon High School Class of 2023 Hilltoppers (l to r) Maysen Jahnke, Paige Nells, Julianne Sweet, Jake Gabanic, Yinxi Li, and Liam Ptasznik on being selected by the Chardon American Legion Post 167 to attend Buckeye Girls State and Buckeye Boys State this June. Junior Alexis Jahnke has been named an alternate.
Buckeye Girls State and Buckeye Boys State offer a one-week program through which students collaborate with other incoming seniors from other schools and conduct a state and local government simulation.
A special thank you from Chardon Schools to Chardon American Legion Post 167, which has a long-standing history of sponsorship and continues to sponsor this opportunity for Hilltoppers, allowing them to attend the program at no cost to their families.
OMEA District VII Middle School Honors Band
Chardon Middle School was among 20 Northeast Ohio schools in attendance in the Ohio Music Education Association District VII Middle School Honors Band 2022 held at the Mentor High School Fine Arts Center on Feb. 25. CMS had four very talented seventh-grade musicians participate in the concert: Abby Jonovich and David Taucher, trumpet; William Beil, French horn; and Izzy Korenke, trombone.
“Students spent six hours in rehearsal on Feb. 24 and had a short one-hour rehearsal on the evening of Feb. 25 followed by a very successful performance,” said Chardon Middle School band director Mrs. Michelle Watson. “The event featured guest conductor Dr. Barry Hartz, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Florida.”
City Supervisor & SRO Visit Career Classes
City of Chardon lands and buildings supervisor Mr. Mike Butt and the school district’s school resource officer, Sergeant Derek Carlson, spent time speaking with the Chardon High School CREW career navigation classes on March 10.
Among the topics discussed were the importance of seeking a career you enjoy; qualities sought in an employee; interviewing tips; and working for the City of Chardon. Additionally, Mr. Butt brought in handouts with job titles and descriptions for positions currently available to high school students, as well as job applications.
Board Approves Academic Calendars
During the March 21 regular board meeting, the Chardon Board of Education approved the academic calendars for the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.This action is in compliance with Ohio Revised Code which provides for a 30-day comment period before adoption of the school year calendar.
Minor adjustments were incorporated into the calendars based on input received from the community.
The district’s academic calendars for the current and upcoming years are accessible from the calendars dropdown menu at https://www.chardonschools.org
Park Elementary Young Authors